Hittin' the Note
|Hittin' the Note|
|Studio album by The Allman Brothers Band|
|Released||March 18, 2003|
|Recorded||December 2001 & April 2002
Water Music, Hoboken, NJ
|Genre||Southern rock, blues rock, jam rock|
|The Allman Brothers Band chronology|
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Hittin' the Note is the 12th studio album by the American Southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Released through Sanctuary Records, it was their first studio album to include lead slide guitar player Derek Trucks and bass player Oteil Burbridge and marked the full-time return of guitar player Warren Haynes to the band. It was also their first studio album not to include original guitarist Dickey Betts.
The CD was recorded live in the studio in New Jersey in December 2001 with lead vocal and minor overdubs recorded in early 2002. It was the first Allman recording co-produced by bandmember Haynes and Michael Barbiero. The album also marked the band's exit from Sony/Epic Records and was released jointly by Sanctuary Records and the band's Peach Records.
The album was met with critical acclaim but very limited radio airplay. Wall Street Journal, Allmusic, and Rolling Stone magazine were three of many prominent publications to give the record positive reviews. The track "Instrumental Illness" garnered two Grammy Award nominations in 2003 and 2004, both in the Best Rock Instrumental category.
Much of the record was written by the writing team of Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes. The band's history was not ignored: The structure of concert favorite "Desdemona" recalls that of "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", while "High Cost of Low Living" features the guitarists quoting from other Allmans classics such as "Blue Sky", "Dreams", and "Mountain Jam". But the future is served too: The acoustic track "Old Friend" closes the album, and including only Haynes and Derek Trucks, thus becoming the only Allman Brothers Band track ever not to include an original member.
- "Firing Line" (Gregg Allman/Warren Haynes) – 5:17
- "High Cost of Low Living" (G. Allman/W. Haynes/Norman Anders/Ronnie Burgin) – 7:52
- "Desdemona" (G. Allman/W. Haynes) – 9:20
- "Woman Across the River" (Bettye Crutcher/Allen Jones) – 5:51
- "Old Before My Time" (G. Allman/W. Haynes) – 5:23
- "Who to Believe" (W. Haynes/John Jaworowicz) – 5:38
- "Maydell" (W. Haynes/Johnny Neel) – 4:35
- "Rockin' Horse" (G. Allman/W. Haynes/Allen Woody/Jack Pearson) – 7:23
- "Heart of Stone" (M. Jagger/K. Richards) – 5:06
- "Instrumental Illness" (W. Haynes/Oteil Burbridge) – 12:17
- "Old Friend" (W. Haynes/Christopher Anderson) – 6:12
- Gregg Allman: Hammond B-3 Organ, Piano, Clavinet & Lead Vocals
- Butch Trucks: Drums
- Jai Johanny Johanson: Drums
- Warren Haynes: Lead, Slide, Acoustic, & Acoustic Slide Guitars (Left Side), Lead & Background Vocals
- Marc Quiñones: Congas & Percussion
- Oteil Burbridge: Bass
- Derek Trucks: Lead, Slide, & Acoustic Slide Guitars (Right Side)
- Produced By Michael Barbiero & Warren Haynes
- Mixed & Engineered By Michael Barbiero & Mike Scielzi
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